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VA - The Sound of Jazz (2003)

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VA - The Sound of Jazz (2003)
Video: NTSC, MPEG2 Video at 6.001 Kbps, 720 x 480 (1.333) at 29.970 fps | Audio: English, AC-3
VA - The Sound of Jazz (2003)

2 channels at 448 Kbps, 48.0 KHz
Genre: Jazz | Label: Wienerworld | Copy: Untouched | Runtime: 58 min | 3,44 Gb Gb (DVD-5)

“ Oddly omitting Thelonious Monk, this DVD presentation of CBS Television's The Sound

of Jazz still rates near the top of jazz on the small screen, albeit in a somewhat diminished capacity,

lagging behind the earlier VHS release. But for most jazz fans, any edition of The Sound of Jazz still

boasts, regardless of drawbacks, the ultimate televised gathering of many of the music's key artists.

Particularly evident with this transfer is how the studio lights wreak havoc with the reflections in the

brass instruments, especially near the beginning of the program, emitting strange black bands that

refract and compromise the image, a problem picked up less clearly in the VHS version.

Fifties television photography was always a bit perplexing, in that the technology and videotaping

technique plays a strange compositional trick, allowing us to look deep into the frame and see, for

instance, what movements background figures are making, amounting to a kind of soft, deep

focus—everything is blurred, but we do have depth of field. As raggedy as this looks, especially by

today's standards, like in the CBS Orson Welles production of King Lear or any Honeymooners

episode, with The Sound of Jazz we are able to focus our attention wherever that attention is in a

moment directed.

One may gaze on Jo Jones keeping time, or instead Count Basie and his punctuating piano style and

determine that both are equally essential to the Basie band's core rhythm and swing. The well known

highlight of the program was the final teaming of Billie Holiday and Lester Young. Holiday's face, in

profile, with her chin turned towards her left shoulder, occupies eighty percent of the frame for the

bulk of "Fine and Mellow," and when we contrast her singing voice with her speaking voice—which

is heard via voice-over—the vocal performance is a wonder, a delight rating just behind the nod and

look of utter approbation she gives Young at the conclusion of his breathy, warm solo.

And then there is Jimmy Rushing, in fine form, singing with commanding intonation, but an absolute

bear of a man, with pronounced folds of skin at the base of his shoulder blades bulging beneath his

sport coat, and from the front resembling, rather alarmingly, a post-Hall of Fame Kirby Puckett. This

DVD, which is bereft of notes, a booklet, or anything of the like, at least left the program's

commercials in tact, and if you did miss Noël Coward on that week's Ed Sullivan Show , you are

probably better off with his memoirs besides.

VA - The Sound of Jazz (2003)
- Count Basie
- Billie Holiday
- Lester Young
- Coleman Hawkins
- Milt Hinton
- Jimmy Giuffre Trio
- Eddie Jones
- Freddy Green
- Papa Jo Jones
- Roy Eldridge
- Ben Webster

01. Fast And Happy Blues
02. Wild Man Blues
03. Rosetta
04. Eyes Of A Stranger
05. I Left My Baby
06. Dickie's Dream
07. Fine And Mellow
08. The Train And The River

Three Bonus Audio Tracks:
01. East of the Sun: Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie
02. South: Coleman Hawkins, Henry 'Red' Allen
03. Dali: Coleman Hawkins

- Direct Scene Access
- Interactive Menu



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The album code is : ODI193197

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